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Icelandic GQ

G Q Ice l@nd

It is becoming more popular here in Iceland, to modify the Nissan Patrol GQ (as well as the new GU) for winter traveling on snow in the wilderness of Iceland. I now have 1993 Nissan Patrol GR, 2.8 Turbo Diesel, which I recently "finished" modifying for 38" tall tires. The attached pictures show the result. The following is a brief description of the modifications to make space for the big tires and to improve the vehicle's off-road capabilities.

  • Replace original springs and shocks with Old Man Emu springs and shocks front and rear and install aluminum spacer under new springs. Giving total lift of 115 mm.
  • Lower the joining point of the axle links and the frame, both front and rear, (only the lower rear links).
  • Increase the castor angle to 6 degrees by tilting the front axle.
  • Lower the bump stops both front and rear.
  • Replace the steering tie rod (between steering gear and axle) by longer adjustable one.
  • Install double universal joint in front (propeller) shaft.
  • Modify brake lines and other lines, to fit the new axle arrangement.
  • Extend the anti-sway bar connecting rods front and rear.
  • Cut the body and reshape, both front and rear for additional tire space.
  • Install fender flares to cover tread of new tires.

93 G Q Ice l@nd

I have installed an intercooler (in front of the radiator) for improved engine performance [see turbos], also a Garmin 128 GPS, mobile phone and CB radio.

Some time in the future, hopefully the near future I am planning to install ARB air locker in front axle and a crawler gear or lower gear ratio in the differentials. An additional fuel tank would be nice too.
- Oskar Erlingsson

PS. On 18/12/1998 volcanic eruptions began at Vatnajokull.

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